Currents of Wind and Tide: Book 1.5 of the Skyfall Era: Ben's Tale

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“Destiny was treacherous as the sea, and capricious as a woman. That was pretty much the way Bendurana liked it. ” ~~~~ After a disastrous battle in the Serendibian navy, Ben has left his homeland behind and joined up with foreign pirates. They offer him the chance to make his fortune and change his destiny--if he doesn’t mind slitting a few throats along the way. But when the pirates capture the beautiful Dewi Kadita, Ben risks his position--and possibly his life--to save her from his shipmates. A witch’s curse is slowly eating away at Dewi’s body, and if she doesn’t find a cure soon it will consume her. Her final hope lies with the legendary mermaids of the sea, though neither she nor Ben have ever seen one. In order to find them, they’ll have to risk more than just the fury of pirates. They’ll have to risk the wrath of the sea and its mercurial goddess. Ben can only hope his story ends with a hero’s death ... but after all he’s done, does he even deserve one? ~~~~ Indonesian mythology and historical fantasy blend in this prequel to Children of Sun and Moon. This book is intended to be ready after Children of Sun and Moon, but before Legacy of Moon and Fire. Author’s Note Currents of Wind and Tide is mythic fantasy set on an alternate version of Earth, one in which Indonesia is dominated by dynasties of Sun, Moon, and Fire worshipping cultures. For those curious, it takes place in the same world as my Ragnarok Era books, albeit at an earlier time period. I adore mythology from any culture. Hindu, Norse, Greek all of them. Mythology helped shape the fantasy genre. And while lots of fantasies pull in aspects of mythology, I wanted to create something to reconcile all world mythologies into an epic fantasy whole. And why should you give it a try? I’m writing what I want to read: action, epic plots, larger-than-life characters, a bit of romance, swords, sorcery, dark deities, and twists. Sound up your alley? Then you’ll probably love this mythic world as much as I do.

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Interview with the authorQ: Do all your fantasy novels take place in the same world?
A: The Worldsea Era, the Skyfall Era, and the Ragnarok Era take place in the same world, but at vastly different time periods. The world undergoes cyclical destruction and recreation, with each new iteration differing, but following some familiar patterns.

Q: What is "Mythic Fantasy"?
A: People sometimes use this term to mean different things, but in the case of my work, we're talking about re-tellings of real world myths in a historical fantasy setting. Every myth, legend, and fairytale you've ever heard probably happened on this Earth. It survived and came to us through a kind of collective unconscious, becoming the stories we know and love. However, the way things happened and reasons behind them might be different.

I adore mythology from any culture. Hindu, Norse, Greek all of them. Mythology helped shape the fantasy genre. And while lots of fantasies pull in aspects of mythology, I wanted to create something to reconcile all world mythologies into an epic fantasy whole.

Q: Is this epic fantasy or historical fantasy?
A: It's historical fiction written in an epic style with a healthy dose of dark fantasy. It takes places on an alternate version of Earth, one where the supernatural has changed the course of history in subtle or not-so-subtle ways. In some eras this is a kind of mythic past akin to that found in Conan or other classic Sword and Sorcery stories. In other eras, time more closely resembles our known history.

Q: Is this suitable for my teenager?
A: This is a common question, but it's hard to answer because every parent and every child is different. It really comes down to if you would let your teenager watch an R-rated movie. My work includes profanity, sex, and often pervasive violence. It is written for adults, but some parents find it acceptable for younger readers.

Q: Is there a recommended reading order?
A: You could read the series in any order, but I would probably recommend order of release:

  • Children of Sun and Moon
  • Curse of Witch and War
  • Currents of Wind and Tide
  • Legacy of Moon and Fire
  • Fragments of Memory and Dream
  • Avatar of Night and Day
  • The Apples of Idunn
  • The Mists of Niflheim
  • The Seventh Princess
  • The Burning Princess
Q: Why should I try this?
A: I'm writing what I want to read: action, epic plots, larger-than-life characters, a bit of romance, swords, sorcery, dark deities, and twists. Sound up your alley? Then you'll probably love this mythic world as much as I do.

Review:

Currents of Wind and Tide brings more back story for some of my favorite Skyfall Era characters. This was a quick read that just kept me tied to the book and before I knew it, I was done. I enjoyed it very much.-Durfrocker, Amazon Customer

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